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About Us
Who is Stand Together?

Stand Together is a philanthropic community that helps America’s boldest changemakers tackle the root causes of our country’s biggest problems, from education to the economy, broken communities, and toxic division, among dozens of other pressing issues. We provide our partners with access to resources including funding, a unique network of peers, and a playbook for applying proven principles to transform lives and society.

Our North Star

Stand Together is working to move toward a society where everyone has the opportunity to live a life of meaning and succeed by benefitting others.

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A philanthropic community with national scale

Complex problems require a comprehensive approach. That's why the Stand Together community partners with a wide diversity of changemakers, including thousands of nonprofit leaders, Fortune 50 CEOs and philanthropists, NFL legends, civil rights leaders, Grammy-winning musicians, and grassroots policy activists.

Map showing the diversity of Stand Together partners across the country focused on education, business, communities, and public policy.
Our history & leadership

Stand Together was founded in 2003, but our story really started more than 50 years ago. It began with our founder Charles Koch — the chairman and co-CEO of one of the largest private companies in America and a Forbes Top 25 philanthropist who has donated $7 billion to nonprofit causes over his lifetime.

Brian Hooks is the chairman and CEO of Stand Together. He is co-author with Charles of Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World and a TIME 100 Next honoree, featuring leaders shaping the future of their fields. 

Watch Charles and Brian answer frequently asked questions about Stand Together’s approach to philanthropy and nonprofit leadership, funding, politics, and more.


Learn more about the ways Stand Together is empowering people to solve our country's biggest problems.

Two students participate in the Los Angeles Academy for Artists and Music Education program Grammy-Winning Stargate's Music School Names Stand Together As Exclusive 'Presenting Partner'

Stand Together will help expand the Los Angeles Academy for Artists and Music Production’s unique approach to music education 100x year over year.

February 29, 2024

A person using the CarePortal app on their iPhone. ICYMI: WSJ column calls CarePortal the “Uber of foster care."

CarePortal connects charities with families in need and has helped more than 250,000 children in the past decade.

February 22, 2024

Cafe Momentum interns at the Super Bowl Media Center powered by Verizon Café Momentum, Players Coalition, Stand Together Foundation to Host Super Bowl Media Center Event

NFL Legend Shaun Alexander, Players Coalition Co-founder Anquan Boldin, former NFL Linebacker Dhani Jones, and NFL Inspire Change are teaming up with formerly justice-involved youth to transform youth justice, with Players Coalition contributing $25,000 to Café Momentum's national expansion.

February 9, 2024

A man climbs up a ladder ICYMI: College is not the only path to fulfilling work

Students need more “transparent financial counseling and more options for using financial aid," Stand Together Trust's Steve Taylor writes in the Hechinger Report.

February 1, 2024

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